Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Top choice resort in Perak

Stepping inside Banjaran Retreat, fish-filled water features and Grecian urns instantly establish the resort's sheer opulence. The spacious villas – some overlooking water, others garden-facing – are designed to organic effect with wood, stone and rattan. The feather beds are hard to get out of, the private plunge pools even more so.

It's 8km northeast of Ipoh, near Lost World of Tambun.

Spa activities include a thermal steam cave and an ice bath. Transport can be arranged by the resort.